After the Dana Air Crash in Nigeria earlier this year, a heightened level of scrutiny was cast on the nation’s aviation sector. Air Nigeria was immediately found wanting with deep rooted financial management issues that could potentially put the lives of its future passengers at risk .
Today, Air Nigeria’s management announced the suspension of all its local, regional and international operations with effect from Monday, September 10, 2012. The airline claimed that the suspension was due to staff disloyalty and environmental tension, “which are not conducive for business in the aviation sector.”
The Airline’s Chairman, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim said he is strongly committed to the airline’s survival and thanked stakeholders for in his words, their “massive” support since the airline came under new management two years ago.
Now that Air Nigeria has officially suspended its operations, the entire nation will now be serviced by two major carriers, Arik Air and Aero Contractors. Over the past months, the passenger traffic for both airlines has been astronomical with Arik Air enjoying the lion share of passenger patronage. This has resulted in astronomically long lines, cancelled flights, missing baggages and poor service delivery.
With only two major domestic airlines in full operation, the future looks bleak for substantial competition in the industry. Now is the time for the Nigerian Government to put policies in place that can ensure adequate service delivery in the sector.